CAMDEN, NJ — A three-day youth basketball clinic in the summer that will include over 900 Camden-area participants. A basketball court renovation. A health-focused seminar featuring Cooper nutritional professionals.
These are just some of the highlights of a new community-focused partnership announced Monday between Camden’s Cooper University Health Care and the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Community engagement is one of our core values, and we’re thrilled that this partnership with Cooper University Health Care will create new avenues to positively impact youth in the City of Camden,” Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck said. “Basketball has the power to bring people together and drive meaningful growth and change in our communities. Together with the team at Cooper, we look forward to doing just that.”
The court renovation will be the second since the 76ers revamped the Cooper’s Poynt hoops last September.
Both 76ers and Cooper employees will also partake in “Project 76 Day of Service” in the city. As part of the effort, employees with the organizations will devote at least 76 hours of community service every year.
The pledge is expected to total more than 10,000 volunteer hours.
“Cooper has called Camden home for more than 130 years and has been its residents’ trusted health care provider,” said George E. Norcross, Chairman of the Cooper’s Board of Trustees. “Since moving to Camden, the 76ers organization has embraced the community, making them an ideal partner to serve the residents and add to the city’s quality of life.”
The health seminar will be held at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex, where the youth will hear from nutritional experts. Cooper will also sponsor the 5th annual Sixers Youth Foundation Gala on March 9.